When introducing Diamond Mayes to the crowd who gathered to watch her sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Big Spring High School Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey said â€śDiamond (Mayes) is what all Big Spring Steers â€” Lady Steers should be like.â€ť
Mayes, who has played on the varsity basketball team for four years, as well as other sports, received a full scholarship to OWU.
What drew Mayes to the school was the similarities between there and Big Spring.
â€śThe atmosphere was great,â€ť Mayes said. â€śThe coaches were great. Everyone was friendly. It reminded me of home.â€ť
Mayes cites her spirituality as another reason for her enrollment at OWU.
â€śI wanted to keep my faith,â€ť she added. â€śI didn't want to stray away from God. He's the reason I've made it this far.â€ť
Mayes' mother, Desiree Mayes-Fizer, couldn't be happier for her daughter and her success.
â€śI am just overwhelmed,â€ť Mayes-Fizer said. â€śI am very proud. Words can't really explain it. I have been crying all day.â€ť
Driving seven and a half hours for the signing was Mark Molder, head basketball coach at OWU. Molder is looking forward to having a talent like Mayes on his squad next season.
â€śObviously, she has the ability to play in the post,â€ť Molder said. â€śBut she also has great footwork. We are very excited to have her.â€ť
As for Mayes, she is looking forward to competing at the next level, but will be doing it with her hometown in her heart.
â€śI really loved it here,â€ť Mayes said. â€śI played varsity for four years here. Coach Warren molded me into the player I am and I am going to take this and represent Big Spring in Oklahoma.â€ťView more articles in: